Here's What Students Are Saying About John Gilliat...

"This may seem a little awkward, but I will try my best, I am now 58 years old and have had a guitar since I was twenty years old. The most that I can say is, I can read and play music in the first position, that's it. I have had some guitar instructors (classical guitar) and they all have hit me with a lot of sheet work to practice for the next session, but I never developed, never understood why you do what you do, only get the usual, "As you play more music, you will understand music. Well I didn't. Yet when I would hear guitar music, I would be drawn back to the guitar. That has been what my guitar life has been like.

Now to get to the point. In your teaching, you showed scales and chords and how a run is actually derived from the root chord. Also, how to achieve scale and chord accomplishment up and down the fretboard. Even the composition of songs. It is as if a light bulb went off. I always asked the questions, but you have finally given me the answer. Speaking for me and anyone else that has been where I have been, thank you so much. You are way up there in Canada but you just can't imagine the frustration and stress that is now gone. You show in detail how to play songs in a simple way that a beginner or novice can feel a sort of accomplishment. That is good for us working older folk. We want to learn how to play songs that we like to hear, not what someone thinks we should hear.

You have recently given renewed inspiration to learning guitar music. For that I want to thank you. For me to write you and tell you this is not like me, but you are making a difference."

Mike Lopez, Satsuma, Alabama
“I remember being seven years old, influenced by the likes of Eddie Van Halen and Ritchie Blackmore, all I wanted was to play guitar like they did! I asked my parents if I could start learning guitar, they let me play around with my dads big old acoustic guitar (I could hardly get my arms around the thing). 

My dad showed me a G chord, and said well you gotta start with some chords, I asked for another chord and he wasn’t sure what else he remembered. I nearly put the instrument down right then and there. I thought to myself, I need a teacher, someone who truly knows the instrument. That’s when we found John Gilliat, we booked lessons right away. 

John was always in a good mood, understanding and patient with me. He gave me the tools to explore music the way I wanted, he showed me the freedom of what a guitar can do, he even showed me my first steps into writing my own songs. John not only taught me the instrument, he allowed me to learn my own way, and he kept me inspired along the way.

Now I have released four full length albums, toured North America, South America and Europe, and I don’t see an end anytime soon. Music for me is more than a hobby, it’s a way of life.”

Chris Osterman (Iron Kingdom) 
 "My 5-year-old son has now taken 3 on-line lessons with John Gilliat's program and is really enjoying learning the guitar. At first, we were concerned our son would have a difficult time focusing, but we were wrong. John's ability to break down the material into fun segments that our son can relate to has really peaked his interest. Best of all the online program offers interactive drumbeats that you can play along to depending on your skill level. We have found this program very fun and interactive, and as a result my son and I are spending more time together jamming in the evenings. As of the 3rd lesson my son is now able to play two child songs and is having fun which is the most important thing! 

I would highly recommend this program for children looking to play guitar and build a life of music."

Stavros Darvoudis
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